October 2014 - TABS newsletter
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Bikeability pupils take to the Tour of Britain course

TABS Newsletter - October 2014


1. 2014/15 TABS Bikeability School Survey launched with 511 schools nationwide
2. Driver Instructor Video, plus other training clips being edited
3. Feedback requested on Delivering Inclusive Cycle Training Guidance
4. Appeal for key contacts to be added to TABS Newsletter mailing list - to spread the word!
5. Contact your MP and get him to attend the Parliamentary debate on cycling this Thursday 16th October

October case study: Bristol's Bikeability programme

Emma Downey, from Bristol City Council works on their Bikeability programme in Bristol that incorporates schools training, specialist inclusive training for people with disabilities, adult, family and young people’s individual and group sessions.  Emma’s personal favourite quote is from a mother who took part in family training sessions with her children (and then went on to arrange similar sessions for her husband):  “It’s been amazingly useful for me – cycling much more with the kids and also on my own, and using the car far less. Thank you!”

Recently Bristol Council’s Bikeability scheme was honoured to be able to cycle with some of their students from special schools at the Tour of Britain using their specialist bikes, with pupils cycling part of the route, crossing the finishing line and all receiving medals. Photos from the day are available on their Facebook page.

For further information about their work, including pix and feedback click here. For questions:
NB - The Bikeability Support team has asked for feedback on the Delivering Inclusive Cycle Training Guidance - click here to download a copy. Q: Is it likely to be helpful to schemes, and are there any improvements that would make it more useful? Email your thoughts to:


TABS has written to the journalist from The Mirror who wrote the following article: and suggested that The Mirror might like to champion Bikeability with its readers, to secure funding beyond 2015/16 - we are awaiting a reply.

Paul Blomfield MP's researcher replied to a TABS member, stating that he had received a reply to his letter to Robert Goodwill MP as follows; “The Department has provided funding for the delivery of Bikeability since financial year 2006/7 and we have extended support at least until March 2016. I have seen firsthand the confidence the scheme can give to young riders and am hopeful that future funding will be secured at the next spending review.”  TABS are pleased that the session we organised earlier this Spring for Robert Goodwill to view Bikeability training at a school in Camden seems to have made an impression. Read the email here.

On Thursday 16th October MPs will ask the Government why they have not yet published a plan and allocated the resources necessary to make cycling a viable transport choice for Britain. Since the publication of the Get Britain Cycling report in early 2013 little progress has been made, despite commitments from the Government that they will publish a plan. Sustrans are calling for as many MPs as possible to attend the debate this Thursday (16 October) to call for a plan to be published alongside a budget of £10 per head to ensure the plans can be implemented. Please help by tweeting the following:  Ask your MP to take part in the #GetBritainCycling debate this Thursday: via @sustrans

Driver Training Video - update
Two weeks ago, Bike Biz editor Carlton Reid, Jamie Blaine from Driver-Instructor TV, the video man - Jamie, TABS Director - Michael Frearson and his 2 children collected acres of footage demonstrating children doing National Standard cycling for real, plus some of Michael doing L3 turns on the ring road and talking to camera, with Blaine doing the same from the driver instructor perspective.  The children loved being wired up with GoPro cameras and being followed by Jamie with his camera hanging off the front of the Morpheus, with Carlton stoking hard to keep up. Having to do everything ten times did not phase them at all!
Carlton Reid is currently editing what we have over the next couple of weeks.  Blaine will take enough for a half-hour video on and TABS are also hoping to get a set of short clips illustrating different NS outcomes in real, everyday cycling with children and adults.
Blaine’s channel reaches 20,000 driving instructors who together train around 450,000 learner drivers.  He has tremendous reach and credibility with his followers and was saying some amazing stuff to camera about instructor responsibility for preparing drivers to share the road, especially now there are so many cyclists about (all this while dozens zipped past behind him while being filmed). He is also very keen to promote the Bikeablility booklet and award materials  to driving instructors.  

Carlton Reid (Bike Biz) pedalling the camera man for Driver Training Video

As you will notice we have changed the format of our monthly newsletter. Any comments, queries or suggestions welcome

The monthly newsletter currently goes to 603 contacts, ranging from TABS members to politicians to media contacts to key contacts in partner organisations. If you have contacts that you would like to receive this newsletter eg. people you want to influence, potential new members, partners who could help spread the word about Bikeability and/or TABS activities, please send their emails to:

We would like to include a story / case study about the work TABS members are doing each month. This month features the work that Bristol City Council is doing, in particular their inclusive, all-abilities cycling programme. If you would like to showcase any aspect of the work that you are doing please contact:


Michael Frearson (TABS Director / Outspoken Training) has led the development of the 2014/15 Bikeability School Travel Survey.  511 primary schools in 41 local authorities in England and Scotland have registered to run the survey with their Year 5 and 6 pupils (and P7 in Scotland) in October (pre-training baseline) and June (post-training follow up).  If enough trained children respond in the October survey returns we should be able to run some cross sectional analysis comparing training and cycling outcomes for trained and untrained children.  The main longitudinal report will appear in the summer next year.

Michael is also collaborating with the Plymouth University bid to conduct secondary analysis of Bikeability delivery data and physical activity survey data, comparing children’s physical activity levels in local areas with high and low intensity Bikeability delivery over time.

In partnership with the University of Salford, BikeRight! have recently completed a research project titled ‘Communicating Cycle Training. Perceptions and experiences of adult cycle training’.The project, undertaken by Graeme Sherriff, a research fellow within the Social Housing and Urban Studies Unit at Salford, consisted of an on-line survey of over 900 cyclists and a series of focus groups with different types/groups of cyclists. The main aim of the research is to aid communications strategies and help build a better understanding of how to market Cycle Training to increase take up of courses such as Freewheeling. If you would like to read the full report please email:

Member News

International Cycling Safety Conference, Gothenburg (November 2014) - Dan Carlin, formerly Essex Council's Road Safety Officer (& TABS member), in partnership with Nick Truran (Herts County Council) will be presenting a poster campaign/paper titled 'Cycling Proficiency for the 21st Century'. A copy of the paper will be available in due course. Click here to see the poster mock up for now.


In addition to the The Mirror article:

Milnagavie Herald
Forres Gazette
Fife Today
Lancashire Evening Post
Mid Devon Gazette

Training / Advice

TABS has been assisting Cycling Scotland, providing advice to local authorities re. delivering Level 3 Bikeability.
Details of training courses available here Email: if you want to add details courses to TABS website.

TABS Forum

New threads include: 
2015 Bikeability Conference

Please do use the Forum, tell us about your use, and let others know about it as a way to exchange ideas, get answers to questions.

AOB / Dates for Diary

Cycling Scotland Conference 2014 – 13-14th November – TABS director, Michael Frearson will be speaking at this conference about the Bikeability Research – titled ‘Bikeability and Beyond’. The overall conference will comprise of cycling study tours (starting at 13.30) followed by an evening civic reception in the Glasgow City chambers.  The following day will be the main conference itself at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome in Glasgow. (finishing at 16.30)

TABS / Bikeability Support Team meeting: 3rd November – items to raise welcomed!
National Road Safety Conference – 26-27th November 2014 in Brighton:
Road Safety Week 17-23rd November, 2014:

TABS Board meeting: Thursday 11th December 2014 (10.30am – 1pm), hosted by Cycle Training UK at their offices in south London.
ITO meeting: Thursday 11th December 2014 (1.30pm – 4pm), hosted by Cycle Training UK.

Do use Twitter to share your thoughts: @TABSbikeability  If you have anything you would like included in the NOVEMBER  newsletter (for example, special achievements, news items, training events, topics for discussion) please contact:  by Monday 10th November 2014.  
If you would like to suggest other contacts to receive it please contact:  And, of course, any comments or queries please do get in touch.  Thank you. 

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